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British Billionaire Called Out for Comparing Senegal Team to “Beach Sellers”

Alan Sugar tweets photoshopped picture of team Senegal with counterfeit goods.

Senegal was the first African team to win their match in the 2018 world cup on Tuesday, but behind every win there's always a racist tweet waiting to appear.

On wednesday, Alan Sugar, a British billionaire who appears on the BBC's the apprentice, tweeted a picture of the Senegal team next to pictures of sunglasses and handbags. Sugar compared the team to sellers on the "beach in Marbella" and called them "multitasking resourceful chaps."

The billionaire has since removed the tweet after backlash that highlighted the racism in the tweet. Sugar posted an apology saying, "It was in no way intended to cause offence, and clearly my attempt at humour has backfired. I have deleted the tweet and am very sorry."



While he eventually apologized for his tweet, he insisted that he still found it "funny" rather than offensive. He posted, "I cant see what I have to apologise for … you are OTT … its a bloody joke."

He later posted, "Frankly I can't see that, I think it's funny. But I will pull it down if you insist."

The BBC put out a statement saying, "Lord Sugar has acknowledged this was a seriously misjudged tweet, and he's in no doubt about our view on this. It's right he's apologised unreservedly."

Piara Powar, executive director of anti-racism group Fare (Football Against Racism in Europe), told the BBC,"Alan Sugar has deliberately and with racist intent sought to demean a World Cup football team."

Sugar's tweets show how many white europeans refuse to see Africans outside of stereotypical images. Despite the white tears, we will continue to celebrate Senegal's victory.



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World Cup 2018: Dates, Times & Live Streams for All African Matches

Here's how you can watch all of Egypt, Nigeria, Senegal, Morocco and Tunisia's games online.

The World Cup has officially started.

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For those of you who are as forgetful (or lazy) as we are, we're rounding up all the Dates, Times, and Live Streams for every single match scheduled so far in the Group Stages for all five African teams.

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An in-depth look at the Confederation of African Football nations competing in the 2018 World Cup.

The 2018 World Cup in Russia is almost here, and with the most popular sports tournament in the world approaching, everyone and their uncle is trying to guess how far each of the 32 teams qualified will advance. But while most Western media are focused on powerhouses like Brazil and Germany, not much attention has been paid to the five teams that qualified from the Confederation of African Football.

So, how likely are Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, Nigeria and Senegal likely to advance to the knockout stages, or even to win it all?

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Interview: Bongeziwe Mabandla's New Album Is a Calm Meditation On Relationships

We speak with the South African artist about his captivating new album, iimini, love cycles, and the unexpected influence of Bon Iver.

"I've been playing at home for so many years and pretending to be having shows in my living room, and today it's actually happening," Bongeziwe Mabandla says, smiling out at me from my cellphone as I watch him play songs on Instagram Live, guitar close to his chest.

Two weekends ago, Mabandla was meant to be celebrating the release of his third album, iimini, at the Untitled Basement in Braamfontein in Joburg, which would no doubt have been packed with some of the many fans the musician has made since his debut release, Umlilo, in 2012. With South Africa joining many other parts of the world in a lockdown, those dates were cancelled and Mabandla, like many other artists, took to social media to still play some tracks from the album. The songs on iimini are about the life and death of a relationship—songs that are finding their way into the hearts of fans around the world, some of whom, now stuck in isolation, may be having to confront the ups and downs of love, with nowhere to hide.

The day before his Instagram Live mini-show, Mabandla spoke to OkayAfrica on lockdown from his home in Newtown about the lessons he's learned from making the album, his new-found love for Bon Iver, and how he's going to be spending his time over the next few weeks.

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Interview: GuiltyBeatz Proves He's Truly 'Different'

The Ghanaian producer talks to us about his debut EP, Different, the massive success of "Akwaaba," producing for Beyoncé and more.

GuiltyBeatz isn't a new name in the Ghanaian music scene. A casual music fan's first introduction to him would've likely been years ago on "Sample You," one of Mr Eazi's early breakout hits. However, he had scored his first major hit two years before that, in the Nigerian music space on Jesse Jagz' and Wizkid's 2013 hit "Bad Girl." In the years to come, the producer has gone on to craft productions for some of Ghana's most talented artists.

In the years to come, the producer has gone on to craft productions for some of Ghana's most talented artists, having worked with the likes of Efya, Pappy Kojo, Sarkodie, R2Bees, Stonebwoy, Bisa Kdei, Wande Coal, Moelogo and many more over the last decade. The biggest break of the talented producer's career, however, came with the arrival of his own single "Akwaaba".

In 2018, GuiltyBeatz shared "Akwaaba" under Mr Eazi's Banku Music imprint, shortly afterwards the song and its accompanying dance went viral. The track and dance graced party floors, music & dance videos, and even church auditoriums all around the world, instantly making him one of Africa's most influential producers. Awards, nominations, and festival bookings followed the huge success of "Akwaaba." Then, exactly a year later, the biggest highlight of his career so far would arrive: three production credits on Beyoncé's album The Lion King: The Gift.

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